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ROP accelerates campaign against use of mobile phones while driving

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The ROP has accelerated its campaign against use of mobile phones while driving.

The latest initiative spearheaded by the Directorate General of Traffic has been hailed by members of the public.

“As part of the awareness campaign, the ROP is distributing leaflets and safety brochures to educate motorists about the dangers of using mobile phones while driving,” a senior ROP official said. “Besides this, we have put up billboards with the message at prominent places, traffic junctions and roundabouts.”

Students and children are being involved in the drive so that the message reaches all members of society, especially the young. ROP’s patrol unit too has intensified its checks and is fining motorists found texting or talking on mobile phones. “The new initiative is giving impetus to existing measures like cameras installed along roads,” another official said.

“This is a welcome move. Use of phones while driving is the reason behind many accidents. Awareness will definitely bring a change in people’s attitudes,” said Adil al Belushi, a Muttrah resident. “People talking on the phone or texting while driving are putting their own lives and others’ in danger. People should cooperate with the police,” said Mohammed Shamir, who lives in Azaiba.

Source: MuscatDaily